PhD in Educational Sciences (Educational theory, history and sociology, romology)

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

At the University Pécs, you may study the specialties of educational research. Our doctoral school of Education offers Hungarian and English programs as well in the field of History, theory, and sociological perspectives of Education.

Head of program: Prof. Dr. János Steklács

PhD in Educational Sciences
Duration of Training
4 years (8 semesters)


Deadline of Application

Next Starting Date
Tuition fee: EUR 3,000 /sem.
Application fee: EUR 140
  • Description of the program
  • Application procedure
  • Application requirements
  • Examples of subjects during the studies
  • More information

The main goal of our PhD program is to provide knowledge on research in the educational sciences field, prepare students for this activity, and develop the skills needed to carry out research in this area. The main fields of the research activities of our doctoral school are the historical and theoretical perspectives of education, examination of teaching and learning processes, neuropedagogy, reading literacy, educational sociology, romology, and education of minorities. We expect students who are motivated to research these fields and intend to work in this research community.



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For a successful application, please follow the steps below:

Click the Apply Now button to apply and start your application.
Register on our application site, fill out the application form, upload the necessary documents and submit your application!
After you submit your application, you will receive information on the further steps.
If we receive your application fee, we are going to start the evaluation of your application.

MS Teams interview for applicants

The interview takes around 20-30 minutes. During this interview, our colleagues will ask questions about your motivation, theoretical background of your research topic, and interests. The main goal of this discussion is to learn more about your skills and scientific interest, and plans 

The applicant has to submit the following documents by uploading them to the online application portal of the University of Pécs:

  • MA/MSc Teacher Degrre, or Degree in the field of Education, Sociology, Philosophy, other fields of Humanities, other fields can be accepted based on previous personal decisions
  • Europass CV in English
  • List of publications (if already) and other scientific, or related professional activities
  • Motivation letter (introduction plus field of interest, etc.) in 3000 to 3500 characters.
  • Preliminary Research Proposal in 8,000 to 20,000 characters.
  • Copy of valid passport or national ID
  • Medical certificate, (please fill the document and attach the serologic test results)
                 o vaccination card (showing that you are immunized against HEP B)
                 o HEP A/B/C test*
                 o HIV test*
                 o Chest X-ray: Please attach the chest’s X-ray result (not the film!) in English/Hungarian! (not older than 3 months)
  • Transfer receipt of the EUR 140 application fee
  •  Official copy of the following language exam certificates:  
                 o TOEFL (iBT internet-based): 66 points (
                 o ECL: B2 level (
                 o IELTS: Overall Band Score: 5.5 (
                 o Cambridge ESOL: B2 level (
                 o TELC: B2 level (
                 o or a written document certifying an advanced command of English
  • Entrance Exam (personally or via MS Teams)
  • Research plan, preliminary research proposal,
  • Supporting letters from two instructor-researchers from your previous higher education institution(s) who are holders of the PhD degree (or other scientific degree equal to the PhD degree),
  • Letter of acceptance from your future research leader at the Doctoral School


Professors and their research areas:

György Heidl: History of education, Philosophy and education

Tibor Cseti Csapó: Romology, Minorities and education

Ágnes Bálint: Educational psychology, neuropedagogy

Aranka Híves- Varga: educational sociology, minorities and education

Júlia Mrázik: Learning in digital area, models and paradigms in educational science

János Steklács: reading literacy, eye tracking studies, funktional illiteracy

*Please note: tests have to be taken within a year!

1st semester
Education system
Knowledge and learning theories
Theory and research
2nd semester
Educational psychology
Research methodology
3rd semester
Comparative education
Methodology and research
Eye tracking
4th semester
Education and personal development from historical and philosophical perspective
Cognitive neuropsychological approach to learning and teaching
5th semester
Research seminar
6th semester
Research/Training practice

For further information please contact:
international coordinator
Phone: + 36 72 501 600/64127; +36 30 186 1686
English website of the Faculty

If you have any questions about the program, please contact: 
Prof. Dr. János Steklács
Head of the program